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Written on Nov, 27, 2017 by in ,

In our last post, we walked through some of the canonical hypotheses surrounding Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), but what about all the other hypotheses that are knocking around? Since AD’s discovery over a century ago countless ideas have emerged, yet the exact cause of this disease remains the holy grail for many neuroscientists.

In this post, we will try to spice things up a little by taking a look at one of the less popular AD hypotheses!

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Written on Nov, 07, 2017 by in ,

The Discovery of Alzheimer’s Disease

The Alzheimer’s story began when the German physician Dr. Aloysius Alzheimer reported distinctive plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brains of deceased individuals in a series of case study reports, published in the early 1900’s. Alzheimer originally coined these features as presenile dementia, and the disease was later renamed by his supervisor, the German psychiatrist, Emil Kraepelin.

Today, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is recognized as a serious neurodegenerative disorder, and the leading cause of dementia among elderly people. AD is well characterized from a clinical perspective, with classical features such as: cognitive decline, progressive dementia, neuroinflammation and neuronal death.

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